Hollywood helps Obama raise $15M

By Laurie Bennett

May 11, 2012 at 9:03am

President Obama raked in $15 million Thursday with a fundraising dinner at the Los Angeles home of actor George Clooney.

Celebrity guests paid $40,000 each to rub elbows with other celebrity guests and share a meal prepared by Wolfgang Puck.

“We raised a lot of money because everybody loves George,” Obama said. “They like me, they love him.”

The event was organized by longtime supporters Jeffrey Katzenberg and Andy Spahn.

As you can see in the Muckety map above, guests included Barbra Streisand and husband James Brolin, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr. and Tobey Maguire.

The total take includes millions raised in an online raffle, with the winners - a New Jersey science teacher and A Florida utility company worker - in attendance.

Obama’s welcome was particularly warm, coming a day after his announcement of support for single-sex marriage. He told guests that his position was “a logical extension of what America is supposed to be.”

President Barack Obama talks with George Clooney
President Barack Obama talks with George Clooney outside the Oval Office in 2010.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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